Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson head theĀ National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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President Obama walks at the White House with presidential debt commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Homemaker Lena Hofer, 25, recently went to the community center in Bayou La Batre, Ala., for free food and household goods -- and was reluctantly turned away by volunteers when Feed the Children ran out of supplies. "It's really hard when they send you away after you [ask for food], especially when you need it like I do," she says. "I'm about to cry." Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Central Park In The Fall is a 2010 work by "Painter of Light" artist Thomas Kinkade. The park, Kinkade writes, "isĀ a place where a quick cab ride lets you escape the big city and immerse yourself in nature's brilliant color palette." Thomas Kinkade hide caption

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The co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson (right), listen to President Obama deliver a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House. The commission will release its report on how to reduce the nation's debt this week. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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